Learn an instrument - do it today!

Posted by Roger Foxcroft on

Did you know that learning an instrument is the brain equivalent of a full-body workout? It's been shown in a number of studies that the process of learning an instrument - irrespective of how good you are at it - helps develop the brain, and crucially the sensory-motor functions, and in children the development between the two halves of the brain.

Reading the music exercises one part of the brain, playing the instrument another, and hearing what you are doing and constantly modifying your motion in response to that is a third, and all three parts of brain must communicate in order to be a solid musician.

Consider, for instance, playing in time. I have long wondered how it is actually physically possible to play in time, when it can take 3ms for your brain to interpret a sound. How is this possible? Surely if two people try to play together one of them would be late.

This is the genius of the human brain. With practise your brain uses the timing of the previous beats to anticipate the next. You don't even know you are doing it.

As well as the wonderful emotional attachment to music, and the joy of getting better at something you are actually prolonging your brain through learning an instrument.

Which instrument is up to you, but we have plenty of choices of things to try in-store, and our staff are more than happy to help you choose.

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